EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Adele Ojomo took another step toward making an NFL roster and helped the New York Giants and New England Patriots avoid a coach's worst nightmare in the preseason finale — overtime.
Ojomo's sack and forced fumble set up a 32-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes with 1:03 to play and the Giants defeated the Patriots 6-3 on Wednesday night in the final warmup for the regular season for the teams that met in the Super Bowl in early February.
This one was hardly as interesting as the title game, but the Giants (2-2) once again scored late to win. Defensive tackle Marcus Thomas rumbled 12 yards with the fumble following Ojomo's strip-sack against Brian Hoyer, giving New York the ball at the Patriots 17.
It set up Tynes' second field goal and it will force the coaching staff to once again think about. Ojomo, a rookie free agent out of Miami, who has caught their attention with a team-high four sacks.
"The coaches have got to evaluate the film," Ojomo said. "I think the (strip-sack) will work in my favor, but there's a lot of different phases of the game they have to evaluate."
Ojomo plans to be confident heading into Friday's final cut to the 54-man roster.
"It would be a great honor to be a Giant," Ojomo said. "They're a first-class organization. Aside from the high taxes and high rent, it would be great to be a Giant. I'll be confident Friday, I won't be nervous. They have to make tough decisions, so you have to go out and do what you need to do to make it not so tough for them."
Steve Gostkowski kicked a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter for the Patriots (1-3), who rested almost every starter.
"Everybody who played got an opportunity to show us what they could do," New England coach Bill Belichick said.
The Super Bowl champion Giants will kick off the NFL season next Wednesday at home against Dallas. The Patriots will open on the road at Tennessee on Sept. 9.
Eli Manning and the majority of the Giants' starters played just over a quarter, with receiver Hakeem Nicks making his preseason debut. New England rested their starters with only fullback Eric Kettani and defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick being the only starters on the depth-chart to play.
After collecting only four first downs and 69 total yards in the first half, the Giants took the second-half kickoff and went 64 yards in 13 plays with Tynes tying the game with a 34-yard field goal.
LANDOVER, Md. — Billy Cundiff made three of four field goal attempts — and was booed for the one he missed — making him the only first-stringer to do something noteworthy in Wasington's win over Tampa Bay.
Cundiff, signed Tuesday after the Redskins cut Graham Gano, converted from 39, 27 and 22 yards and got some grief from the crowd when he sliced one wide right from 46. The 2010 All-Pro joined Washington just two days after being released by Baltimore.
Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster, who both might have a shot as the Redskins' starting running back job because of injuries, accounted for all three Washington touchdowns. Helu ran for 90 yards and two scores after missing two games with sore Achilles, while Royster ran for 44 yards and a TD after missing last week's game with a sore right knee.
Fourth-round draft pick Kirk Cousins played into the third quarter for Washington and was 15 of 27 for 222 yards and an interception.